How To Carry Bigfoot Home Chris Tarry
"Chris Tarry's stories come at what we might call The Problem of Men as Boys from all possible angles, from a hapless medieval stay-at-home Dad who's running a con game out of his one-room hovel to a Bigfoot who's a sad failure as a creative writing teacher. These stories hilariously and poignantly evoke the way, when it comes to relationships, all men are living under a leaky thatched roof with winter on the way, always believing they're on the edge of a turnaround, even though failure keeps returning like an old friend back in town." —Jim Shepard, Story Prize winning author of You Think That's Bad and Project X
"What would happen if some mad scientist were able to fuse the otherworldly exuberance of H.P Lovecraft with the nuanced pathos of John Cheever? The result would be a dazzling, explosive, and inexhaustible new kind of illumination: a writer named Chris Tarry." —Stefan Merrill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting andThe Storm at the Door
The stories in How To Carry Bigfoot Home, Chris Tarry’s debut collection, examine the frailty of the human experience. From an out-of-work dragon-slaying father to a family arguing aboard a rocketship that’s about to be launched into space, Tarry uses distinctive settings and his unique humor to explore universal truths.
Everyone has their own personal monsters, problems carried home and laid bare to the people we love most. There is the public self and the private heart, the way we are and the way we wish to be. How To Carry Bigfoot Home is an examination of that journey, the search to reconcile the inner with the outer. It aims to explore the cracks in our human armor, the difficult process of enacting real change in our lives, and the sometimes insurmountable forces that make who we are (and who we become) feel almost predetermined. Almost.
Chris Tarry is a Canadian writer and musician living in Brooklyn. Tarry holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and his story “Here Be Dragons,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Literary Review, On Spec, The G.W. Review, PANK, Bull, and Monkeybicycle. His nonfiction has appeared in the anthology How To Expect What You’re Not Expecting and Outside In, and he was a finalist in Freefall Magazine’s 2011 annual prose and poetry competition. Chris is also a four-time Juno Award winner (Canada's Grammy) and one of New York's most sought-after bass players.
Published by Red Hen Press in 2015.